[Kanazawa-Jo Castle and the Ishikawa-Bashi Bridge]
A Museum Of Stone Walls !
Published: January 31, 2011
[Uraguchi-Mon Gate and the moat]
The original building was first constructed as a fortress-style temple in In 1546. During the warring states period in 1580, it was invaded by the Sakuma family, who named the castle “Kanazawa-Jo”. Then, after the battle of Shizugatake three years later, Kanazawa’s first Lord, Toshiie Maeda, took back the structure at long last, where it was immediately renamed “Oyama-Jo”. Reconstruction completed four years later and the name was returned to Kanazawa-Jo. Sadly, repeated fires and lighting strikes between 1602 and 1881 destroyed most of the original buildings. On the eve of the age of international wars,, the 9th division for the imperial Japanese army established a base in the ruins. Following World War II in 1949, Kanazawa University re-appropriated the site, transforming it from a military base to a campus. When this national university was transferred uptown in 1995, restoration work finally began on the castle. Fortunately, its stone walls remained nearly perfectly intact. People call Kanazawa-Jo a museum of stone walls. Now, the grounds are open as a public park. Enjoy a free stroll around the premises!
- Open: 7:00-18:00 (Mar - Oct 15); 8:00-17:00 (Oct 16 - Feb)
- Admission: Free
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Kanazawa Station Area
Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel [金沢彩の庭ホテル]
Kanazawa is well known as one of the illustrious craft cities in Japan. Feel the aesthetic sense of the city when you stay in this hotel. This hotel features the beautiful garden with its own distinctive color of each season, and breakfast utilized fresh local ingredients, among others. You will have a quality time in a cozy room furnished in excellent taste.
2-4-8 Nagata, Kanazawa
Tel 076-235-3128 / Fax 076-235-5112 / E-mail
Rates: Twin (Double) room 17,280 yen~ *Breakfast included / Check in:14:00; Check out: 11:00 /Credit cards: Most accepted / Languages: English spoken / Internet: free / LAN: High-speed cable and wireless / Facilities: Free Spa (public bath); Breakfast buffet Restaurant; Fitness room; Library; Free rental bicycle; An electric vehicle charging station